* Posts by flambard

4 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Apr 2011

Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII


Hey hold it

I use Gimp now too!!

What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks



they (comments) start out accurate they get out of date


put the comment in the name of the identifier


Re: But good code...

Right of the top of my head:"Advanced Programming in the UNIX envirionment" by Stevens.

Being about Unix its obvious in C. Its carefully crafted(!) reallife code which takes into account

an awfully lot of reallife specialcases.

But shows the problem. Its just one language in `one' environment.

The number of languages * number of envirionments tends to explode.

More general books on programming (most) can only deal with general topics.

Total War: Shogun 2


@David Web: Wrong black ship

The Black ship they are referring is one of the Protugese carracks . I dont know if these ships were acutally called black ships in history, but its the name used in the book Shogun from J. Clavell

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From the time of the acquisition of Macau in 1557, and their formal recognition as trade partners by the Chinese, the Portuguese Crown started to regulate trade to Japan, by selling to the highest bidder the annual "Capitaincy" to Japan, in effect conferring exclusive trading rights for a single carrack bound for Japan every year. The carracks were very large ships, usually between 1000 and 1500 tons, about double or triple the size of a regular galleon or a large junk.


American gunboat diplomacy is somewhat later

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On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy with four warships—the Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna—steamed into the bay in Yokohama and displayed the threatening power of his ships' cannons during a Christian burial which the Japanese observed. He requested that Japan open to trade with the West. These ships became known as the kurofune, the Black Ships.